News Releases

March 08, 2005

Crapo Works To Assist Idahoâ??s Small Businesses

Washington, DC â??Drought disaster assistance for Idahoâ??s small businesses will be easier to obtain due to legislation recently passed with the assistance of Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. The drought assistance language was one of several provisions the Senator co-sponsored and supported as part of the reauthorization of the Small Business Administration (SBA). The legislation is expected to be vote on by the Senate this week.â??Small businesses are an integral part of the stateâ??s economy, and a… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Craig, Crapo Vote To Uphold U.S. Sovereignty On Immigration

WASHINGTON, DC - Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo voted â??nayâ?? yesterday on H.R. 2758, the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement (FTA) which passed the Senate by a vote of 66-31, and H.R. 2739, the U.S.-Singapore FTA which passed the Senate by a vote of 66-32. Both Senators feel that free and fair trade is important to the U.S. economy, but expressed serious concern that these two agreements contained improperly negotiated language that would potentially subject U.S. immigration law to int… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Delegation Secures Epa Funding For North Idaho Cleanup

Washington, DC - Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo, and Congressmen Mike Simpson and C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter, today announced increased funding for cleanup work in the Coeur dâ??Alene Basin. The Idaho Delegation wrote EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman in early June, seeking a commitment from the agency for fiscal year 2003. A copy of the EPAâ??s letter is enclosed:"I am very pleased that the Idaho delegation was able to get this money released from the EPA," Senator Craig… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Crapo: First Responders Need Tools Against Terrorism

Washington, DC -Idaho Senator Mike Crapo gave his approval to legislation that would enhance the capabilities of first responders to prepare for and respond to both natural disasters and terrorism incidents. The measure, S. 930, the Emergency Preparedness and Response Act of 2003, was reported out by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee this morning and will be scheduled for a vote by the full Senate.â??Our first responders are the ones who arrive immediately on the scene of an acci… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Winchester To Receive Fire Funds

Washington, DC â?? The Winchester, Idaho volunteer fire department will receive $22,500 in a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, who was notified of the grant today.. â??The addition of one firefighting vehicle made possible by this grant will enhance the Winchester Fire Departmentâ??s ability to respond more effectively to fire and fire-related hazards in Winchester and the surrounding area,â?? said Crapo. â??The Assistance to Firefighters… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Idaho Students Working In DC For Crapo

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has hired four interns to fill positions in his Washington, D.C. office. Summer internships typically run from May through August.The congressional intern program is targeted for college students who are interested in learning more about the federal government and how Congress operates. Selection is made through an application process that includes submitting a cover letter, resume, and references. College credit is worked out on an individual basis wi… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Delegation Announces Emergency Haying And Grazing Approved For Some Idaho Counties

WASHINGTON, DC â?? Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo and Representatives Mike Simpson and C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved emergency haying and grazing on land designated under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) for twenty Idaho counties including Bannock, Bingham, Lincoln, Blaine, Bonneville, Bear Lake, Caribou, Cassia, Jefferson, Clark, Franklin, Fremont, Jerome, Lemhi, N. Custer, Minidoka, Oneida, Owyhee, Teton and … Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Idaho Delegation Commends NAFTA Panel Decision

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig and Idaho Representatives Mike Simpson and C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter welcomed the news that a North American Free Trade Agreement panel has upheld the U.S.-imposed tariffs on lumber imports from Canada. The five-judge panel determined that the United States can maintain the tariffs, which are generally 8.42% Canada-wide. The tariff has been imposed since May of last year after a determination by the International Trade Commission that the … Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Delegation Applauds ITC Decision

WASHINGTON, DC â?? Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo and Congressmen Mike Simpson and C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter applauded the ruling today by the International Trade Commission (ITC) that the domestic DRAM industry was materially injured by Hynix Semiconductorâ??s subsidized DRAM imports into the U.S. This ruling paves the way for the Department of Commerceâ??s previously determined 44.29% tariff on Hynix to go into effect.â??Hynix and the Korean government have been officially caught with … Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

CRAPO INTRODUCES BILL TO CREATE OFFICE OF MENâ??S HEALTH

Washington, DC â??Under legislation introduced today, menâ??s health issues could see improvements in public awareness and education to promote preventive care. The Menâ??s Health Act, introduced by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, would create an Office of Menâ??s Health at the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). The Menâ??s Health Act, if passed, would establish a clearinghouse for men to provide services parallel to the existing Office of Womenâ??s Health. Representative Duke Cunningham… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

CRAPO SEEKS STUDENT INTERNS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is seeking applications from Idaho students who would like to intern in his Washington, DC office this summer and next fall. The application deadline for internships for the summer and fall months is April 1st. â??Interning in a Washington-based Congressional office is a tremendous opportunity to watch the legislative process firsthand and experience life in the nationâ??s capital,â?? Crapo said. â??Every year, my office and the Idaho delegation host d… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Crapo Includes Fallen Firefighters

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo paid tribute to the work of Idaho firefighters who died on the fireline in Idaho while introducing a forest health bill co-sponsored by Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln today. Here is the statement Crapo entered into the Senate record regarding the legislation, Americaâ??s Healthy Forests Restoration and Research Act. The Crapo-Lincoln bill will be considered tomorrow during a forest health mark-up by the Senate Agriculture Committee. AMERICAâ??S HEALTHY… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

CRAPO CO-SPONSORS BILL TO MAKE TAX CUTS PERMANENT

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is co-sponsoring S. 420, the Death Tax Repeal Permanency Act. This bill, introduced by Senators Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) and Bill Nelson (D-Florida), would make the repeal of the estate tax, sometimes referred to as the death tax, permanent. Congress and the President must act to prevent a sunset clause scheduled for 2011 from ending the tax cuts passed in 2001. Crapo said the estate tax unfairly singles out the economic engines that drive economic recovery… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Crapo Calls Latest Round Of Grants â??Timelyâ??

ashington, DC â??Seven more Idaho communities are in line to receive fire grants under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. â??These grants are especially timely in light of the terrible and deadly fires burning in Idaho today,â?? said Crapo. â??The communities of Orofino, Eagle, Marsing, Elba, Salmon, Wendell, and Pocatello will be equipped to enhance their operations and safety budget to the benefit of their residents.â??According to the Departme… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

SENATE CONFIRMS NEW ENERGYSECRETARY

WASHINGTON,D.C.â??The United States Senate confirmed Dr. Samuel Bodman to be the next Secretary ofEnergy. Idaho Senators Larry Craig andMike Crapo supported Dr. Bodman. â??During his confirmation hearing, Dr.Bodman addressed a number of issues important toIdaho, especially theIdahoNational Laboratory. He demonstrated a deep conviction to thepromotion of nuclear energy and to strengthening the Lab. In addition, he understands the need for anenergy policy and will work with Congress to enact and i… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Crapo: States Should Determine Roadless Rules

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says he is disappointed the Bush Administration has chosen to retain much of the former Roadless Rule imposed by former President Clinton, but adds the ability of states to offer input is a step forward. Crapo noted the lack of adequate public input in writing the original rule may be offset if state governors and other leaders now have the chance to make changes under the new proposal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.â??I am disappointed the Fore… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

CRAPO COMMENTS ON REVERSAL INCANADIAN BEEF TRADE CASE

Washington, DC - Secretary Mike Johanns has responded to concerns of Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and the rest of the Idaho delegation by delaying a provision of a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) rule that would have allowed for the importation of beef product over 30 months of age. The U.S. border has been closed to imports of cattle and some beef products from Canada following the discovery of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in Canada. However, on Dec. 29, 2004, USDA released a final … Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Crapo To Head Bi-Cameral Health Coalition

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has been tapped to co-chair the Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition, filling the vacancy left by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tennessee). He joins current Senate co-chair Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota) and House co-chairs Mark Foley (R-Florida) and Lois Capps (D-California).â??It is indeed an honor to serve as co-chair of this coalition, which has done a great job in educating the public about cardiovascular diseases,â?? Crapo said. â??Cardi… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Idaho Fire Districts To Receive Fire Funds

Washington, DC â??Two more fire departments in Idaho will receive grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. The Mica Kidd Island Fire Protection District of Coeur dâ??Alene will receive $55,598 in federal matching funds, and the Teton County Fire Protection District will receive $61,040. â??The additional fiscal tools provided by these grants are invaluable to our fire districts, and I am pleased to learn that Idaho programs have benefited,â?? s… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Crapo-Harkin Bill To Boost Fruit, Vegetable Sales

Washington, DC â?? Both students and farmers will benefit through legislation introduced by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Iowa Senator Tom Harkin. Crapo and Harkin want to expand the $6 million Fruit and Vegetable Pilot Program (FVPP) created as part of the 2002 Farm Bill. The Crapo-Harkin proposal would expand the program to offer fruit and vegetables to schools in all 50 states and tribal schools.â??This is a win-win proposal for students, schools, and agriculture,â?? Crapo said. â??More of our… Continue Reading

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